Friday, October 29, 2010

BC Hydro asks customers to decline telemarketing offer for power saving devices

VANCOUVER – BC Hydro’s customer service department has received a number of calls from customers around the province advising that some telemarketers are misrepresenting themselves as BC Hydro employees in an attempt to sell energy-saving devices. In some instances, telemarketers also incorrectly claimed they were in possession of the customer’s power consumption information.

BC Hydro would like to clarify they do not endorse these “Hydro Power Savers” and reassure customers that BC Hydro’s individual power consumption information is strictly confidential and is not shared with third parties.

Customers who have been contacted by telemarketers about this device are encouraged not to enter into any agreement for purchase without careful prior investigation.

For those customers who would like more information on how to reduce energy use around homes and businesses, please visit BC Hydro’s Power Smart website at

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Poets for Peace – A Poet Laureate Summit in #YYJ

VICTORIA, BC — Just as poppies grow out of battlefields to promise redemption, so do poets write for triage of mind, body and soul. Join us for Poets for Peace, an unprecedented Poet Laureate Summit at Victoria City Hall on Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Victoria Poet Laureate Linda Rogers will be joined by George Bowering, the first Canadian Parliamentary Poet

Laureate, current and inaugural Vancouver Poet Laureates Brad Cran and George McWhirter, and Victoria’s inaugural Poet Laureate Carla Funk as they read their way through an afternoon of laughter and tears.

Admission is free. Registration is not required. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit: and click on What’s New?
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Cool cat under hot lights with high tech suit #YYJ #camosun

October 29, 2010

Musical theatre is hot work. Singing and dancing under bright stage lights, in full makeup and costume, puts actors at risk of overheating. It's more than just a risk for the actor who performs in the Cowardly Lion costume – overheating is a dangerous likelihood.

"Every performance is like running a marathon in a plastic bag," says Jeffrey Stephen, smiling in his Cowardly Lion costume. "A fur-lined plastic bag."

Stephen plays the classic L. Frank Baum character in the Victoria Operatic Society's (VOS) fall production of The Wizard of Oz (November 19-28 at the McPherson Playhouse). He's also a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering department at Camosun College, where he has access to a secret weapon in the war on overheating.

"Inside the lion costume I wear another, more high tech, costume," says Stephen. "A cool suit under the hot one."

Cool suit under the hot one

The cool suit provides an innovative solution to Stephen's problem with overheating. Sewn into the fabric of a tight fitting vest and hood are a complex network of small rubber tubes. Ice water is circulated from a small reservoir through the tubes by a lightweight, miniature pump, so that the wearer stays cool.

"The thick hair on Jeff's lion suit provides so much insulation that the heat his body naturally produces can't get out, so Jeff gets really hot, really fast," says Will Spaulding, Stephen's colleague in the Mechanical Engineering department, and a research engineer at Camosun College's Sport Innovation Centre (SPIN), located at the Interurban campus' Pacific Institute for Sport Technology (PISE). "The cooling vest and hood absorb the heat he produces, so he stays feeling cool. It's kind of like a cross between a refrigerator and the human body's own circulation system."

Award-winning VOS costume and makeup artist David Hardwick designed the Cowardly Lion costume to incorporate the high tech cool suit. The suit's ice water reservoir, pump and battery fit neatly across Stephen's stomach, providing his lean frame the necessary Cowardly Lion paunch. No one will even notice they are there, except for Stephen. "Do I look fat in this?" asks Stephen with a mock growl as he assesses himself in the full-length costume mirror.

Colleges a hotspot for research and innovation

The cooling vest and hood combo was initially developed by a member of the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific (CSCP) to help athletes quickly recover from strenuous activities by absorbing their excess body heat. It's one of a suite of high tech gadgets that bridge research with real-life application, a change in the innovation landscape being led by Camosun College.

"Applied research and innovation have become a mainstay of colleges, which are closer to industry and better aligned with sector needs because our focus is on connecting high quality graduates with meaningful local careers," says Dr. Tim Walzak, BC Regional Innovation Chair in Sport Technology and Director of Applied Research and Innovation at Camosun College.

CSCP has a training and evaluation laboratory on the main floor of the PISE building at the Interurban Campus of Camosun College. Their role is to work closely with a wide variety of high level Canadian athletes to improve their performance and ensure their good health. CSCP works very closely with SPIN and together they have helped many of Canada's top athletes by developing innovative solutions to their technological problems.

"Camosun and our partners are at the innovation forefront, tackling research projects on many fronts, including sport innovation, health and human services, advanced manufacturing and prototyping, and sustainable technologies," says Walzak. "With substantial Federal funding available exclusively to colleges and targeted towards encouraging partnerships with industry, Camosun is ideally positioned to play an active in regional economic development."

Community counts

"In this economy we're seeing cuts to arts funding, as well as cuts to research and education. So we band together to get the job done," says David Sovka, Associate Director of College and Community Relations.

"Camosun gets community. The high tech lion costume is as much about supporting community theatre as it is community theatre supporting college research."


David Sovka
Associate Director, College & Community Relations

More about the Victoria Operatic Society

The Victoria Operatic Society (VOS) is a non-profit organization established in 1945 with the purpose of bringing top-quality live musical theatre to Victoria and giving aspiring young singers and performers the opportunity to display their talents. Read more…

More about Camosun College's Sport Innovation Centre (SPIN)

SPIN blends the ideas generated from basic sport research, the athletic performance community, and the product development business. Their ongoing work in advancing human performance will position Vancouver Island as a break-through leader in sport technology development throughout Canada and around the world. Read more…

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36 Short-Term Housing Units to Open at Queen’s Manor #YYJ

October 29, 2010 VICTORIA, BC — Beginning next week, 36 units of new short term housing will open at Queens Manor, located at 710 Queens Street, the former Traveller's Inn property purchased by the City of Victoria in July.

Queens Manor will provide safe and stable supported housing as an interim measure pending future renovations to convert the building into more permanent studio suites. The building is considered "low-barrier", for example allowing couples and pets which may not always be accommodated in overnight shelters.

“Heading into the winter months, this initiative will help support homeless individuals until the new permanent housing is available at the site later this year,” said Rich Coleman, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Housing. “Since we announced our provincial investment toward the purchase, we’ve moved quickly to make sure it opens as soon as possible and to help ensure that the right services and supports are in place.”

"This is another example of the innovative results we're seeing through community partnerships to address homelessness," noted Mayor Dean Fortin. "It's the shared commitment of all agencies that is creating short and long term solutions to connect individuals with housing and the necessary supports."

The Province is providing $108,237 to cover the operating costs at Queen’s Manor for the next three months.

Victoria Cool Aid Society (Cool Aid) will operate Queen's Manor during this time, and will have two full time staff on-site at all times. In addition to an array of ongoing supports and services provided through Cool Aid, other outreach supports such as mental health and addictions services will be provided on a case-by-case basis by the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

“Everyone needs and deserves a home,” said Kathy Stinson, Victoria Cool Aid Society Executive Director.

“Even temporary housing can be the starting point to transition people who are homeless into permanent housing. Knowing that you have a safe, warm environment to return to, along with support and encouragement to move forward, provides hope and a foundation from which to build a better life.”

Victoria Cool Aid Society will manage Queen’s Manor for the next three months using temporary operating funds provided by BC Housing. There will be two full-time housing staff on-site 24/7 helping residents with their life plans, plus additional services, such as mental health and addictions professionals provided by Cool Aid, the Vancouver Island Health Authority and other organizations.

The Queens Manor project builds on continuing improvements in coordination among government, police, and community agencies to house and support those who are homeless or at risk in the region.
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Chargers downed in home openers

The Camosun College Chargers opened the 2010-11 with two losses tonight as they went up against Island rivals, the Vancouver Island University Mariners.

It was a slow start for the Chargers women who appeared to let a case of nerves get the best of them throughout the first set, losing by 13. The women pulled it together in the second and enjoyed a ten point lead before letting the Mariners take over to close the set by four points. In the third, Camosun found themselves down seven points (12-5 for the Mariners) but came back to close the gap by two points bringing the score to 22-20. The Mariners turned on the heat, taking the last three points to win the match.

Third-year leftside Tanisha Marcelle led Camosun with 7 kills while libero Mariah Stabb (Kelowna) who is playing her rookie year with the Chargers earned 10 digs.

Despite a solid start, the Chargers men also fell to their Island foes. Camosun came out blasting, winning the first set by 13 points. In set two, VIU found their rhythm and the two teams see-sawed for the next three sets with the Mariners coming out victorious each time.

Newcomer Jon Jorstad from Norway (rightside) posted 10 kills, 2 digs, 2 blocks and 1 ace while leftside returnee Garret Marcellus (Oak Bay) had 10 kills and 3 digs.

The Chargers volleyball teams travel to Abbotsford next weekend to face the Columbia Bible College Bearcats and the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Life Inside - World Premiere at The Belfry Theatre Nov 16-17 #YYJ

Victoria, BC - The Life Inside by James Fagan Tait and Joelysa Pankanea will premiere at the Belfry on Thursday, November 18 (previews November 16 & 17). Commissioned by the Belfry in 2008, The Life Inside is directed by James Fagan Tait with musical direction by Joelysa Pankanea. Tait and Pankanea have collaborated on a number of plays with music, including a highly celebrated adaptation of Crime and Punishment. The Life Inside is based on Nobel Prize winning playwright Maurice Maeterlinck's 1895 play, Intérieur (one of his few plays originally intended for marionettes), and will run from November 16 - December 19, 2010.

With a cast of 19, The Life Inside is one of the largest plays the Belfry has mounted. The cast includes Jeremy Crittenden (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Sarah Donald (One Last Kiss), Mark Hellman (Ethan Claymore), Clayton Jevne (Corker), Richard Newman (Lies & Legends), and Jan Wood (Moo). Kyle Cameron, Lina de Guevara, Elizabeth Duncan, Deanna Gutierrez, Mark Haney, Rebecca Hass, Michaela Holmes, Richard Hurst, Josh Layne, Laura McCarthy, Similkameen O’Rourke, Joelysa Pankanea, and Katie Schoenberg will be making their Belfry debuts.

Tait and Pankanea have crafted a highly stylized yet cinematically performed piece that engages both the heart and the mind. Peasants on a country estate must deliver tragic news regarding a young girl to the members of her family, whom we see through the windows of their home. The tensions between life and death, happiness and profound sadness, blissful ignorance and painful knowledge give The Life Inside a bittersweet, aching quality, and a connection to a universal wisdom as old as man.

The Life Inside is designed by Bryan Pollock (Set Designer), Mara Gottler (Costume Designer), Itai Erdal (Lighting Designer) and Cathy Stubington (Puppet Designer). Graham McDonald is the Assistant Director and Kim Charleen Smith is the Stage Manager.

The Life Inside is generously supported by Jane Francis Design, Villa Marco Polo Inn, The Vancouver Foundation, Monday Magazine, KOOL FM, CHEK News, Times Colonist, the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia and CRD Arts.

Ticket Information

Tickets range in price from $22 - $37 (plus HST). Discounts are available for students (50% off for High School Students, 25% off for University and College Students). Tickets are available at 250-385-6815.

Performance Schedule (November 16 - December 19, 2010)

Tuesdays - Saturdays at 8 pm
Wednesday Matinees at 1 pm (November 24 & December 1)
Saturday Matinees at 4 pm
Sunday Matinees at 2 pm


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About the Belfry

The Belfry, a professional not-for-profit theatre company in Victoria, began producing plays in 1976. We produce contemporary theatre from the international repertoire with an emphasis on new Canadian plays. The company has produced 220 plays, including 150 Canadian plays, and more than 32 premieres, many of which have gone on to acclaim across Canada, in the U.S., Australia, Europe and London’s West End. Belfry productions regularly tour to other cities and have won awards in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. With love, from scratch, and with some of the country's best theatre artists, we build, rehearse and create our plays in our own home, a renovated 19th century church in Fernwood - the city's most interesting neighbourhood.

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#YYJ GVCEC Pumpkin Smash - Nov 6

Keep Your Jack-o-Lanterns out of the Landfill!

Victoria, BC, October 28, 2010 – The most frightening thing about Halloween is not the ghosts and zombies trolling your neighbourhood for candy but all the jack-o-lanterns that end up at Hartland Landfill each year! The Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre (GVCEC) in partnership with Thrifty Foods, Ellice Recycle and the Capital Regional District, is encouraging residents to give their pumpkins a proper burial in the compost bin and to join them at the 6th Annual Pumpkin Smash!

If every resident composted their jack-o-lantern after Halloween, the GVCEC estimates 730 tonnes of pumpkins would be kept out of the landfill and that only 40% of these pumpkins are currently being composted. “The majority of jack-o-lanterns end up in the landfill, where they don’t decompose for years to come, taking up landfill space and producing greenhouse gases,” says Marika Smith, Executive Director of the GVCEC. “Last year’s event was a “smashing” success, with more than 13 tonnes of pumpkins collected and composted. It’s a fun, family event and is becoming an important family tradition for many!”

Residents across the region are invited to “Do the Pumpkin Smash” with the GVCEC on November 6th at Thrifty Foods Cloverdale (3475 Quadra Street) and Thrifty Foods Fairfield (1590 Fairfield Road) and on November 7th at Thrifty Foods Hillside (1580 Hillside Avenue). Donations are accepted at all locations and will benefit the Compost Education Centre and its many programs. So bring your Halloween jack-o-lanterns down to these locations between 10am to 3pm, and smash them for composting. There will also be a number of chances for everyone to win a free composter so you can keep other kitchen scraps out of the garbage year-round.

The Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre is centrally located in Victoria to provide composting and organic gardening education to CRD residents. The Centre is also your regional “one stop compost shop”, selling composting supplies and offering free Composting Basics workshops. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers can be reached on the compost hotline at 250-386-WORM (9676).

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Local Bluegrass Favorites Release First Album in 5 Years #yyj #bluegrass

Local bluegrass stalwarts the Clover Point Drifters are releasing their first album in 5 years, and this time around is even more rewarding than the last. Bandleader Alan Law suffered a heart attack just prior to going into the recording studio in March, and when the band was able to re-group and start the postponed recording in May, there was - understandably - a renewed sense of purpose.

 The recording, once underway, took under one week to record. The result is "#2 Unplugged" a collection of bluegrass roots songs that is sure to become a local classic.

This CD release event is being touted by some as the local bluegrass event of the year, complete with a few surprises - including the album cover - which will not be revealed until the night of the event. It all happens at Oak Bay United Church on Saturday November 20. Tickets are $10 at the door, or in advance by e-mailing:

Clover Point Drifters
Saturday Nov.20, 2010
Oak Bay United Church
1356 Mitchell Street, Victoria, BC  7pm Doors.

Admission $10

CDs $15, possibly other products for sale (hats, stickers, etc.) advance tickets by reservation only

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BCCLA report criticizes Canada's adoption of terrorist blacklist

October 28, 2010

BCCLA report criticizes Canada’s adoption of U.N. Security Council’s terrorist blacklist

The BC Civil Liberties Association is launching a report today at UBC’s law school on the UN’s 1267 Regime – an international blacklist Canada has adopted that is held out to be targeting alleged terrorist affiliates of the Taliban and al Qaeda. The report concludes that the system violates Canadian constitutional and international law.

Robert Holmes, President of the BCCLA: “In the fight against terrorism, it is crucial that we do not lose sight of what we are fighting for. Liberty, justice, freedom – none of that can be secure if we do not protect the rule of law.”

In June of this year, the BCCLA, along with the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group and Abousfian Abdelrazik – the only Canadian citizen on the 1267 blacklist – launched a lawsuit in Federal Court challenging Canada’s implementation of the sanctions regime.

“Courts and commentators the world over have described the 1267 Regime as Kafka-esque, and with little wonder,” said Carmen Cheung, author of the report and co-counsel in the constitutional challenge. “Lack of transparency, lack of due process, and lack of respect for fundamental principles of justice have been the hallmarks of this sanctions regime.”

The 1267 Regime has been characterized as violating fundamental principles of due process and human rights by Canada’s Federal Court, the United Nations’ own experts, the European Court of Justice, and the United Kingdom’s highest court. Nonetheless, Canada makes use of it through its own laws, government policies and police practices. The BCCLA’s report considers the legality of Canada’s continued participation in the 1267 Regime and finds that it fails to live up to its obligations under international law and Canada’s constitution.

The report will be officially launched today at 12:30 p.m. at UBC Law School, University Centre Lower Level, Room 174 at a public lecture. Carmen Cheung will be speaking.

To download a copy of the report (PDF), click here >>

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Victoria Cougars host Peninsula Panthers - First place on the line

One streak will come to a screeching halt.

The Victoria Cougars (11-2-0-0) go for their fifth straight victory Thursday night. Standing in their way are the Peninsula Panthers (11-3-0-0), the only team who have dealt Victoria its only losses of the season.

Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:15 p.m.

First place is on the line as both teams sport 22 points apiece. However, the Cougars have one game in hand on Peninsula.

Thursday’s game marks the third of eight meetings between the two South Island Division rivals.

Back on September 9, in the season opener for both clubs, the Panthers blanked Victoria 5-0. In their last meeting, on October 8, the Cougars lost 4-3 after squandering leads of 2-0 and 3-2.

Last Saturday, Victoria made it four straight following its 5-1 win over the North Island Division leading Comox Valley Glacier Kings. Trevor McNeil scored twice while Brody Coulter, Travis Stephens, and Sam Rice each added singles. Goaltender Corey Koop stopped 30 shots to improve to 7-1-0-0 on the season.

Coulter, who is on a seven game point streak, is tied for ninth place in league scoring with eight goals and ten assists.

Koop continues to lead the league with a 1.63 goals against average and a .935 save percentage.

Peninsula is coming off a successful stretch of three games in three nights.

Last Friday, Evan Campbell and Joe Densmore recorded four points each as the Panthers blasted the Campbell River Storm 11-3. 24 hours later, Peninsula blanked the Kerry Park Islanders 4-0 on the strength of a 32 save performance by netminder Brady Berisoff.

Then on Sunday, the Panthers beat Campbell River 7-3 for their fourth win in a row. Leading the way was Densmore with his 13th, 14th, and league leading 15th goals of the season. Also lighting the lamp were Kyle Peterson, Corey Allen, Christian Stephenson, and Trevor Yee.

Peninsula is no short on offense, having three of its players in the top three in league scoring. Campbell leads the way with 13 goals and 19 assists followed by Densmore (15g, 15a) and Cole Peterson (15g, 12a).

Yee, former captain of the Saanich Braves at the beginning of the season, was recently signed by the Panthers. In three games with Peninsula, Yee has a goal and an assist.

STANDINGS: Victoria – T1st place, 22 points, South Island Division. Peninsula – T1st place, 22 points, South Island Division

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Advisory - Single Lane Traffic Oct. 28 on Saanich Road #YYJ

On Thursday, October 28, 2010, there will be alternating single lane traffic on Saanich Road between McKenzie Avenue and 4004 Saanich Road. This closure is due to a Water Service Replacement. Work is scheduled to begin at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

There will be traffic control people on site to assist with traffic control. Please obey their directions and all traffic signs

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#YYJ Victoria Grizzlies Hockey - Live on Village 900 tonight

The Victoria Grizzlies head into their 2nd road game this week, with the pregame show starting at 6:45. The puck drops at 7:00, and we're broadcasting live as the Grizzlies take on the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

Catch the action with Scott Didmon, tonight at 6:45 on Village 900, or listen live online at:

Please Note:

A World of Possibilities will run at 10:00 this evening, followed by The Soodsongs Old Tome Radio Hour at 11:00. But programs will be rebroadcast at their usual times this weekend.

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Intrepid Theatre presents Curtis Eller – In Concert #YYJ

Wednesday November 17 at 8pm
Intrepid Theatre Club, Fisgard at Blanshard
Tickets $15 door, $11 advance – / 250-383-2663

New York’s banjo-wielding songwriter Curtis Eller is returning to Victoria for a special one-off concert at Intrepid Theatre Club on Wednesday November 17 at 8pm.

Eller has been identified as a pioneer in the current ‘antique-garde’ movement in American popular music, according to New York’s Village Voice. Straight out of a bygone era, he writes bluegrass-infused songs like it’s 1923, telling the stories of the ghosts of silent film, rampaging circus elephants and assassinated presidents. His most recent CD is Wirewalkers and Assassins.

He has performed at all manner of unorthodox locales including funerals, horse races, burlesque shows and vaudeville revues, and recently returned to North America following a tour of Norwegian schools (?!).

Eller performed a concert at the Victoria Fringe in 2007, where he gained many devoted local fans. He’s back in Victoria to take part in a workshop reading of I have seen Beautiful Jim Key, a new play by Victoria playwright Janet Munsil (that elusive spark,, Circus Fire) featuring Ian Case as the eponymous educated horse. Mr Eller is being commissioned to write music for the upcoming production.

He started his show-business career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat in the Hiller Olde Tyme Circus in Detroit, but has since turned to the banjo because that’s where the money is. Sporadic yodeling, acrobatics, and some strong language should be expected at this concert.

“Eller’s live shows – which seemed to draw as much from the well of punk rock tradition as that of folk – are truly something to be experienced” – American Songwriter

"Eller brings an entertaining highwire element to his banjo-centric anti-folk and country-fried opera." - REAL DETROIT

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3 Members Reappointed to Forest Practices Board

Oct. 27, 2010
Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands

VICTORIA - Forests, Mines and Lands Minister Pat Bell has announced the reappointment of three board members to the Forest Practices Board for terms of two years each. The appointees are professional forester Andrea Lyall, professional forester Dave Patterson and author and outdoorsman, Mike Nash.

Originally from the Kwicksutaineuk Nation on Gilford Island, Lyall is the first Aboriginal woman in British Columbia to receive a registered professional forester designation. She holds a forestry degree from the University of British Columbia, and has worked for large corporations including Canfor and Western Forest Products, as well as for several First Nations communities in the province. She resides in North Vancouver.

Patterson lives in North Vancouver and offers forestry consulting services to a wide range of clients, including forest companies, trade associations and government. He provides advice and monitors trends and developments related to sustainable forest management, forest certification and forest policy, in British Columbia and internationally.

Nash is a well-known outdoorsman, naturalist and public volunteer with extensive experience in forestry, wildland conservation and recreation matters in northern British Columbia. He has participated in the Prince George land and resource management planning process, as well as many natural resource planning, advisory and steering committees. He was also a lay member of the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals Council from 2002 to 2005. Author of three books and other published works, Nash resides in Prince George.

The Forest Practices Board is B.C.'s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government. The board audits forest and range practices and appropriateness of government enforcement on public lands, investigates public complaints and current forestry issues, participates in administrative appeals and makes recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.

More information on the Forest Practices Board is available online at:

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#YYJ Chamber Announces New Board of Directors

Victoria, BC – The Greater Victoria Chamber is pleased to announce the membership of its Board of Directors for 2011. The Chamber holds yearly elections, where half of the board must run again with new candidates for seats on the board.

“We feel we are going into 2011 with a strong board comprised of a broad cross section of representatives from our business community,” says David Marshall, Chair of the Board of Directors. “We had a very healthy election process, with a number of candidates running for the board. I think that speaks to the interest from local business in the health of our local economy and how business can play a part in creating a vibrant community.”

The 2011 Chamber Executive will be:

Chair - David Marshall, Strategus Consulting
Vice Chair – John Espley, Accent Inns
Past Chair – George Fuller, George Fuller Law Corporation
Secretary – Pauline Rafferty, Royal BC Museum
Treasurer – Ray Kolla, KPMG LLP
Member at Large – Rob Bennett, Simation Global Technology
CEO – Bruce Carter, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

The rest of the 2011 Directors of the Board of Directors includes Rose Arsenault (Placement Group), Capt(N) Craig Baines (CFB Esquimalt), Beatrice Bate (Kinar Curry Law Firm), Mike Black (Capital Iron), Gerry Brimacombe (Sector Learning Solutions), Mel Couvelier (Pacific Coach Lines), Dan Dagg (Hot House Marketing), Al Hasham (Maximum Express Courier, Freight and Logistics), Darlene Hollstein (The Bay Centre), Kimberly Hughes (Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa), Janell Karst (Blue Ocean Education Inc.), Regan McGrath (KPMG LLP), and John Wilson (Wilson’s Transport),

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has approximately 1500 members and is the voice of business for the Greater Victoria region. The Greater Victoria Chamber has received Accreditation with Distinction from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

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Nature offers $5.4 billion annually in economic benefits: B.C. study

David Suzuki Foundation

First ever valuation of ecosystem services in B.C.’s Lower Mainland

VANCOUVER –B.C.’s Lower Mainland provides natural benefits in the order of $5.4 billion a year, or about $2,462 per person annually, according to a study released today by the David Suzuki Foundation and Pacific Parklands Foundation. The report examines the extent of natural capital – the forests, fields, wetlands and other ecosystems – in the Lower Mainland region and its watersheds, and for the first time estimates economic values for the benefits these ecosystems provide.

The study estimates values for various benefits provided by nature, such as filtering our air and water, combatting climate change by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide, and protecting us from storms and floods. The study examined B.C.’s Lower Mainland region, encompassing Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and surrounding watersheds, extending to the communities of Hope and Squamish. The region contains some of Canada’s best agricultural lands, wetlands and forests; however, sprawling development remains a major threat to the region’s natural capital, with the population expected to grow to three million by 2020.

“Nature provides these services for free, but the benefits can no longer be ignored,” said David Suzuki Foundation science director Faisal Moola. “This study shows that it is time to start accounting for the economic value of nature’s benefits in how we manage the growth of our towns and cities.”

The study found the ecosystems with the highest values to be wetlands ($4,000 to $6,000 per hectare) and forests ($5,900 to $7,400 per hectare). The greatest economic benefits were climate regulation ($1.7 billion per year), water supply ($1.6 billion) and flood protection and water regulation ($1.2 billion).

“Ecosystem services are too often taken for granted by decision-makers,” said Nancy Olewiler, director of the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University. “Research shows that replacing natural capital with built substitutes such as water-treatment plants and retention walls can cost hundreds of millions of dollars. And these replacement costs are only one portion of the true value of nature in sustaining life on our planet.”

The study also found that more than 1,300 hectares of rare wetlands have been lost in the last two decades, mostly through urban development. This represents a loss of more than $11 million in ecosystem services each year.

“It is our hope that by providing economic values for ecosystem benefits, decision-makers will recognize the environmental and social benefits of protecting natural capital within our urban areas,” said ecological economist and study author Sara Wilson. “It is encouraging to see that municipal governments in Metro Vancouver have already committed to protect all endangered wetlands by 2015 under Metro’s current Action Plan.”

The study is a first step towards a more comprehensive accounting of natural capital assets in the region and provides a framework for similar studies across Canada.

“This landmark study reinforces the importance of protecting and restoring parklands and green spaces within our Lower Mainland communities and across the country,” said Bryan Wallner, Vice President of the Pacific Parklands Foundation.

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Camosun Chargers men’s volleyball going for 3-peat

The 2010-2011 men’s volleyball season will be one of the most exciting in the history of the Camosun College Chargers as the team tries for its third straight provincial title and a berth to the National Championships.

“There is a unique blend of depth, talent and experience on this team, which is what you need to sustain results at the highest level”, commented Head Coach Charles Parkinson. “We have a number of new players joining a solid core of veterans and if we can find our rhythm we will be hard to beat”.

Returning to active duty for his fifth year after serving as an assistant coach with the Chargers last season is Chris Abra. He brings great leadership to the locker room and has been in the toughest of match situations many times so will be able to counsel and calm the athletes who are new to the intensity of the college level.

Also joining the Chargers is rookie Grant Haggerty from Winnipeg, Manitoba. At 6'5" and 205 lbs, Grant brings a strong physical presence to the middle. A former National level pairs figure skater, Grant moved to the national training centre in Kingston, Ontario and trained under Olympic bronze medallist Lloyd Eisler. After a number of years of skating, however, Grant made the decision to return to Winnipeg and to volleyball, where he helped his high school team win a silver medal at the Provincial Championships. A tremendously gifted athlete and a fierce competitor, Grant will bring energy and power to the Chargers and should be an immediate threat in the middle.

Bringing a new look to Camosun will be two multi-year Provincial Team athletes, Chhase McFarlen and Alex Wolf. Chhase has the ability to play on the outside, but is also skilled enough to challenge for the libero position. At 6’3” and blessed with great speed, he has the range to get many balls up on defense that most people think would be unplayable. Wolf, too, is a versatile athlete, able to play both in the middle and on the outside. Voted Best Blocker at the Western Elite Tournament two years ago, he has great fundamentals and terrific instincts and will push the veteran players right from the start.

A two-sport athlete joining the Chargers is Jeremy Finn from Kelowna. Jeremy was recruited for both volleyball and basketball by a number of colleges before settling on the Chargers men’s volleyball program. Jeremy led his team to the highest finish of all BC teams at the recent National Volleyball Championships. An awesome talent and a great jumper, look for some highlight kills and stuff blocks from him this season.

Another highlight athlete will be the second international recruit to join the Chargers. All the way from Norway, and joining the returning Henrik Herrebrøden, Jon Jorstad will play on the right side. Replacing the two-time Provincial Championship MVP Aleks Saddlemyer will not be easy but Jorstad is one of those rare athletes that have size and fantastic leaping ability, and the coordination to translate them into lethal offense. He is also one of the top beach players in Norway and has a deft touch with the ball. Look for him to have an immediate impact in the league.

Speaking of impact players, the Chargers are pleased to welcome outside attacker Stephen Richter to the program. The MVP of the BC High School Championships two years ago, Richter spent last year in the CIS at Thompson Rivers University before deciding to attend Camosun and play with the Chargers. His game is very polished and he is blessed with great hand-eye coordination, tremendous explosiveness and exceptional intelligence. His calm temperament allows him to perform at the top of his game in even the most intense situations and he will undoubtedly be a key part of the game plans of Chargers opponents this season.

Key Players Returning to the Chargers Line Up …

The Charger’s blue chip crop of rookies will be joining a solid core of athletes who have tasted victory provincially and nationally.

Returning for a second year of battle are veteran Charger’s Henrik Herrebroden, who looks to secure a regular spot in the line-up this year, along with Kelowna setter Davis Proch. Davis played with the Provincial Team this summer and had a chance to experience coaching from both the Junior and Senior National Team coaches in Toronto. Look for him to bring that experience to the Chargers this season.

Joining them are third-year athletes Garrett Marcellus in power, multi-position player and super sub Blaine Barron, middle blocker Denis Boyd and setter Sam Hillier.

At 6’6" Marcellus is solid in every department and continues to make his presence felt every year. Boyd, affectionately known as “Yukon” after his home province, returns to the chargers after starting in the middle for the last wo years. Denis’ performance in the second half of the season was instrumental in the success of the Chargers both provincially and nationally.

Barron looks to challenge for the Libero position with the departure of Josh Coutts and has the skills and experience to back it up, while Sam Hillier returns to the Chargers to quarterback the offense. Coming off the bench as a serving specialist and setter in his first year, Sam showed tremendous improvement last season and guided the Chargers to victory at the Provincial Championships,winning the Player of the Match award in the crucial semi-finals.

The Chargers kick off the 2010-11 season this Thursday (October 28th) with an Island rivalry match-up against the VIU Mariners at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (Women at 6pm; Men at 7:45pm).

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Camosun introduces new crew for women’s volleyball

With the start of the 2010-11 BCCAA volleyball season only days away, the Camosun College Chargers women’s volleyball team is looking polished and new, sporting a talented crew of individuals tasked with the goal of turning the program into a winning one.
The 2010-2011 season promises to be one of the most anticipated in the team’s history as Camosun looks to Head Coach Chris Dahl to reshape the program.

“I’m excited and ready for the challenge,” said the Prince George native. “Camosun is in a great position to offer a high quality program for the elite volleyball student athlete. My goal is to start building a program that can challenge for a podium finish within the BCCAA and ultimately a berth at the National Championships. The intention is to showcase student-athletes and all that is possible … we want to excel in what we do both on the court and in all aspects of life.”
Expected to lead her Chargers teammates along the road of success is 3rd year veteran and leftside, Tanisha Marcelle (Spectrum) who earned a number of accolades last year including a CCAA Academic All-Canadian, CCAA Athlete of the Month, CAA National Scholar Athlete, BCCAA 2nd Team All-Star and BCCAA Athlete of the Week.

“Tanisha is a disciplined student and a remarkable athlete,” stated Coach Dahl. “She will be called upon to lead and push in both training and in competition.”

Coming to Camosun from Australia’s Gold Coast is 6’5” middle Loren Cory. Cory was a member of the 2009 Australian Senior Women’s National Team and has been a Youth and Junior National team member since the age of 15.

“Loren is an incredible addition to the program,” commented Coach Dahl. “She brings international experience competing at the top levels of women’s volleyball and a strong high performance training background. Her talent is undeniable, yet it’s the competitiveness and commitment to training that she brings to the table that will have the greatest effect on our program.”

Also joining the Chargers are Team BC 2010 and 2009 players, leftside Elizabeth Davis (Glenlyon Norfolk) and setter Suzanna Campbell (Penticton). Davis is a two-sport athlete and has earned All-Star and Player of the Game awards at the high school level in both basketball and volleyball. In 2009, she was named MVP at the AA Volleyball High School Island Championships. Campbell was an Honor Roll student at Pen High and Captain of the Pen High Lakers throughout her high school years.

Mid and North Island recruits who will be making their post-secondary debut with the Chargers include leftside Rachel Mokosak (Mill Bay), leftside Taylor Fedosoff (Nanaimo), a two-time Woodlands High School Volleyball Player of the Year and rightside Hilary Graham (Courtenay), a three-sport athlete who has played volleyball, basketball and soccer and has earned a 2nd Team All-Star at the AAA High School Provincials and was named Senior Female Athlete of the Year. Also playing their rookie year with Camosun are Mark Islfeld grad and rightside Jenna Brown (Courtenay) and leftside Mariah Holmstrom (Campbell River)

“Mariah is a key component in moving the program forward,” explained Coach Dahl. “First and foremost, she’s a great person and teammate. Second, I’ve always admired the work ethic and dedication that she has shown on the court and she has demonstrated an uncanny ability to make adjustments on cue.”

“At six feet tall, Jenna brings an immediate presence to the floor,” added Coach Dahl. “We expect big things from Jenna and she has responded with a great attitude in our training environment.”

Rounding out the mix are returnees Cortney Fraser – middle (Belmont), Kelsey Fletcher – setter (Spectrum) and Ineke Rhebergen – middle (Smithers), as well as newcomers Mariah Stabb (Kelowna) who will be taking the libero position and middle Brenna White (Calgary) who was added to the Camosun women’s volleyball roster last year as an assistant coach and is playing out her fifth and final year of eligibility with the Chargers. White formerly played for the UBC-Okanagan Heat and helped the team win gold at the 2009 CCAA National Championships.

“I’m very excited about the athletes we’ve brought into the program,” said Dahl. “I’m looking forward to the season ahead … we’re already off to a great start.”

Catch the Chargers women as they kick off the 2010-11 season matched against the VIU Mariners this Thursday (October 28) at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (Women 6pm; Men 7:45pm).

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B.C. Canada’s capital for police deaths

October 27, 2010

The BCCLA has released a new report that says B.C. has more than twice as many jail and police-involved deaths as Ontario, even though Ontario has three times the population. With 267 deaths over the last 15 years, B.C. had the largest number of deaths per year of any of the six provinces and territories for which numbers were available. The BCCLA says this information calls out for the B.C. government to reform how these jail and police-related deaths are investigated and how they can be prevented.

“Our research shows that one person died every three weeks in B.C. in jail or as a result of police action between 1992 and 2007,” said David MacAlister, Director of the Institute for Studies in Criminal Justice Policy at SFU, and author of the report. “With 267 deaths in 15 years, we need to make sure that investigations are done properly to emphasize accountability and prevention.”

The B.C. government promised following the Dziekanski Taser Inquiry to establish a civilian investigative agency to investigate all cases of death or serious harm caused by police. Chief Constable Jim Chu of the Vancouver Police Department recently suggested that the new civilian agency should investigate all complaints against police, an idea that the BCCLA supports.

“While public discussion about the scope of the new civilian investigative agency is going on, the province does not seem to be participating,” said Robert Holmes, President of the BCCLA. “Unfortunately, after making a commitment, the Province has not yet been openly asking for help on how to proceed. We need to learn from other jurisdictions’ experiences and prevent these needless deaths.”

The BCCLA’s report examines the phenomenon of in-custody deaths with new statistics and reports from across Canada into in custody deaths, as well analyzes national and international civilian investigation bodies, and how those bodies have functioned. B.C. is policed primarily by the RCMP under contract with the provincial government.

To download a copy of the report (PDF), click here >>

The BCCLA will be launching this report with a series of free public forums on the issue of in-custody and police-involved deaths across the province featuring report author David MacAlister, Director of the Institute for Studies in Criminal Justice Policy at SFU.

Dates and locations of the planned presentations are:

Victoria – Presented in partnership with the University of Victoria Law school – November 2, Noon to 1:00 p.m. - University of Victoria Law School, Rm FRA159, Murray and Anne Fraser Building at McGill Road and Ring Road, November 2, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Prince George – Prince George Civic Centre, 2nd Floor – November 10, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Vancouver – Presented in partnership with the Simon Fraser University Public Interest Research Group –

Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, date and time TBA.

Kamloops – Location TBA – November 9, Noon to 1:00 p.m.

This report and these public forums are generously sponsored by the Law Foundation of British Columbia.

Key Statistics

The BCCLA collected coroner’s inquest data from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick, the Yukon Territories and the Northwest Territories on in-custody and police involved deaths. Statistics were not available for Manitoba, Quebec, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland, and Nunavut. The following statistics come from that data:

• B.C. had the greatest number of in custody deaths (267 in the 15 years between 1992 and 2007, with more than twice as many deaths in custody per year than any other province studied, including Ontario, which had 113 deaths between 1993 and 2007.

• Over the timeframe studied, one person died every three weeks in B.C., one every six and a half weeks in Ontario, one every 19.5 weeks in Saskatchewan, one every 31 weeks on New Brunswick, one every 45.5 weeks in the Northwest Territories, and one every 71 weeks in the Yukon.

• B.C. had the greatest number of deaths per year per capita of the provinces, with 1 death for every 254,550 people per year, compared with 1 death for every 1.63 million people per year in Ontario; 1 death for every 457,000 people per year in New Brunswick; and 1 death for every 392,100 people per year in Saskatchewan.

• For provinces in which race was noted of those who died in custody, 55% (Yukon) and 38% (Saskatchewan) were aboriginal.

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#HST Information Centre Announced

Ministry of Finance

VICTORIA - Finance Minister Colin Hansen and Parliamentary Secretary for HST Information John Les announced today the creation of a new hub to co-ordinate the development and distribution of information about the Harmonized Sales Tax to British Columbians.

The centre has been created to help British Columbians access information about the HST so that they can have a meaningful dialogue and debate in the lead-up to the 2011 referendum.

The information centre will begin on Nov. 1, 2010, and will provide citizens with a broad spectrum of factual information on why government introduced the HST, the benefits of the HST to British Columbia, and how the initiative vote will impact consumers, employees, employers and the provincial economy.

The office will be led by Tom Syer, former director of First Nations and corporate relations at a B.C. renewable energy company. Syer has an extensive background working with individuals and groups across sectors on a wide variety of issues. He formerly worked in government as deputy chief of staff for policy co-ordination and issues management, during which time he worked on government-wide initiatives and issues management, interacting extensively with both stakeholders and the public service.

The Province will be conducting a provincewide initiative vote on the HST on Sept. 24, 2011. The Premier of British Columbia has committed to acting on the results of the vote, based on a simple majority.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Free respirators encourage “Plan • Farm • Safety”

October 25, 2010

“Plan • Farm • Safety” is the 2010 Canadian farm safety theme. Farming has all kinds of respiratory hazards. Most people don’t even realise the long-term health hazards that can be caused by breathing dust and other air-born particles – so plan to protect what you’ve got while you’ve got it!

To protect your lungs – think ahead and keep an N95 particulate respirator with you at all times! Sample respirators are being made available by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, 3M Canada and Pioneer Hi-bred Limited. Get your free respirators by visiting  … and breathe easier.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Enchanted Halloween at Heritage Acres: Oct 29-30

Enchanted Halloween at Heritage Acres
7321 Lochside Drive, Central Saanich

The organizers of Victoria's new family Halloween festival want to remind event-goers to bring a non-perishable food donation. "Historically, autumn is a difficult time of year for food banks - donations are very scarce in anticipation of Christmas," says Beverly Elder of the Sidney Lions Food Bank. "The need this year is the greatest we've ever seen. The downturn in the economy means there are more people in our community living closer to the edge of poverty."

Enchanted organizer Alice Bacon says partnering with the food bank was a natural choice. "The focus of Enchanted is about rediscovering the roots of Halloween. When we look back to the ancient cultures of Europe, Halloween was a time to take stock of food supplies and prepare for the hard winter months ahead. It's a time of harvest and plenty, but there are people who are going hungry around us and we want to do something to help change that." Representatives from the food bank will be on site at the festival to accept donations of food and cash.

The vintage village at Heritage Acres has been transformed with hand-crafted displays and decorations, dramatic lighting, and features live music, interactive costumed performers, and a variety of fun and unique activities including rides on the Vancouver Island Model Engineers' "Mystery Train". Food concessions will offer a range of items from hot dogs to pumpkin pie and hot mini-donuts. Enchanted is produced by professional event planners and artists with assistance from community volunteers, service groups and sponsors.

Enchanted runs Friday, October 29 and Saturday October 30 from 5:00 pm – 9:00pm, and on Halloween day from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for school aged students and seniors. Children under 5 are free. Family passes are $30 for adults and 2 children. Please note: this is a cash-only event.

Heritage Acres is home to the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society, and is located at 7321 Lochside Drive in Central Saanich, off Island View Road at the Pat Bay Highway – 15 minutes from downtown Victoria.

For further information & interviews, contact:

John Carswell
Media Services
Shine*ola Communications

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Alternating Single Lane Traffic on San Juan Ave between Gordon Head and Wakefield - Oct 25-6

On Monday, October 25, 2010 and Tuesday, October 26, 2010 there will be alternating single lane traffic on San Juan Avenue between Gordon Head Road and Wakefield Place.

Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

There will be traffic control people on site to assist with traffic control. Please obey their directions and all traffic signs.

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Oct 25 & 26 - Alternating single lane traffic on San Juan Avenue between Gordon Head Road and Wakefield Place

On Monday, October 25, 2010 and Tuesday, October 26, 2010 there will be alternating single lane traffic on San Juan Avenue between Gordon Head Road and Wakefield Place.

Work is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 am and is expected to continue until 4:00 pm.

There will be traffic control people on site to assist with traffic control. Please obey their directions and all traffic signs
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Village 900 presents Art Napolean live November 5 #yyjmusic

Village 900 is proud to be a part of the return of Art Napolen and his new release "Creeland Covers."  Art Napolean is playing one show, November 5th at the Norway House (1110 Hillside).

CD release concert finale with full band, The Traveling Suns & special guest NISKA.

Admission is $15 and  includes free coffee and parking.

Proceeds from canteen go towards Caribou protection in the Peace Country.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Careers in Tourism learn more with Camosun College and RRU #yyj #education #tourismbc #travel

November information session at Inn at Laurel Point focuses on tourism education

Already working in the tourism and hospitality industry? Tourism and hospitality employers want employees with industry specific education – join Camosun College and Royal Roads University to learn how to advance your career.

When: Thursday, November 4 – 6-8pm - two scheduled presentations at 6pm and 7pm

What: Camosun College and Royal Roads University are hosting a joint information session on tourism and hospitality programs

Where: Inn at Laurel Point, 680 Montreal Street, Victoria

Why: Camosun and Royal Roads’ tourism and hospitality programs provide career advancement through complementary educational programming. Learn which Camosun business credentials ladder into RRU’s tourism and hospitality baccalaureate and masters’ programs.

Enter a draw for a $200 gift certificate to the fabulous Aura restaurant at the Inn at Laurel Point.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

BC Athletes bring home payload of medals at XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi #commonwealth

Once again, BC shines on the world stage earning 27% of Canada’s medals

VICTORIA – As the XIX Commonwealth Games came to a close in New Delhi, Canadian athletes, coaches and support staff began the trek home with a payload of gold, silver and bronze. British Columbia’s athletes in particular represented the country well, earning 27% of Canada’s overall medal haul (20/75).

“British Columbia has a lot to be proud of when it comes to the performance of our athletes on the world stage,” said Canadian Sport Centre Pacific (CSC Pacific) Chair, Giuseppe Liberatore. “Time and time again, our athletes and coaches find ways to perform when it counts. Much goes into the preparation of a world class athlete, and Canadian Sport Centre is grateful for the continued support of the Governments of Canada and British Columbia and organizations like Own the Podium.”

BC athletes made up 35% of the Canadian team, an exceptional statistic considering the province represents only 13% of the Canadian population.

“Canada has a long tradition of excellence at the Commonwealth Games,” added Wendy Pattenden, Chief Executive Officer of CSC Pacific. “Not only did British Columbia contribute many podium performances in Delhi this year, but an additional 37 top-eight results were notched. When the difference between first place and eighth place is often measured within millimetres or milliseconds, it is clear Canada is headed in the right direction. We are confident many of these top eight performances will convert to medals in London in 2012.”

The Commonwealth Games, founded in 1930, is one of the world’s largest multi-sport Games with 71 nations sending teams to compete each quadrennial. The list of sports competing at these Games is slightly different than the Olympic and Paralympic roster, but is considered an important step for many athletes. The next Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Chargers slip to fifth on day two of Nationals

The Camosun College Chargers slipped to fifth place after completing the second round of play yesterday at the 2010 PING CCAA National Golf Championships in Kamloops.

While Humber College was able to maintain its position as the tournament leader, heavy winds proved to be a challenge for the Chargers who lost ground to their determined competitors.

Round One Scores Rank Round Two Scores 2-Day Total Rank

Humber - 286 (1) Humber - 282 568 (1)

UFV - 296 (3) UFV – 294 590 (2)

Georgian - 299 (6) Georgian – 299 598 (3)

Niagara - 298 (4) Niagara – 300 598 (3)

VIU - 301 (7) VIU – 305 604 (5)

Camosun - 295 (2) Camosun 309 604 (5)

Grant MacEwan - 298 (4) Grant MacEwan – 306 604 (5)

“It was very windy and we lost some ground today, shooting 14 over yesterday’s total, commented Camosun head coach John Randle. “It was a tough day for the Chargers, but with a good day tomorrow, we will be fine.”

Sitting in a three-way tie with Island rivals, the VIU Mariners and Calgary’s Grant MacEwan Griffins, the Chargers will fight to the finish in today’s third and final round of the 2010 PING CCAA Nationals Golf Championship. “Yes, we need a big day,” said Coach Randle. “But we can do it!”

Find complete results for the 18 competing teams and individual golfers on the 2010 PING CCAA National Golf Championship website.

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Oct. 15, 2010
Ministry of Health Services

VICTORIA - A new vitamin D testing protocol and patient guide will ensure British Columbians receive these tests only when required.

"A new protocol will provide doctors with information to make wise decisions based on clinical evidence and reduce unnecessary vitamin D tests," said Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon. "As part of our innovation and change agenda, we are moving towards outcome-based decisions and guidelines that will put our health care dollars into appropriate, safe and effective services."

Clinical evidence shows that routine vitamin D testing or screening is unnecessary except for patients with conditions such as renal failure, malabsorption syndromes, unexplained bone pain, unusual fractures, and other evidence of metabolic bone disorders. The guidelines continue to encourage doctors to refer patients to get tested when appropriate.

Over the last five years, vitamin D tests have increased ten-fold in B.C. In 2008/09, there were 22,748 vitamin D laboratory tests billed to MSP by B.C. physicians representing a cost of over $2 million. To address this, representatives from the ministry and the BC Medical Association developed the new protocol that also reduced the laboratory MSP fee for vitamin D tests (from $93.63 to $61.50 per test). It is anticipated that physicians who follow the protocol will prescribe the test less frequently.

"Physicians will welcome a new protocol that helps guide them in their decision making," said Dr Ian Gillespie, president of the BC Medical Association. "Developed with expert consultation looking at the best science available, protocols are intended to help physicians decide the best course of action for their patients while using health care resources wisely."

B.C.'s Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee, comprised of physicians from the BCMA and representatives from the ministry, has joint responsibility for developing guidelines to support the effective use of medical services. To view all the clinical practice guidelines and protocols in British Columbia including the vitamin D protocol and patient guide, please visit

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Child Find ID day with DFH Real Estate Ltd.

What: With Halloween just around the corner, kids will be on the streets soaking up the fun, and parents will be doing there best to make sure they have fun safely. For parents and police, DFH Realty is cooperating with Child Find B.C., for its ninth year, to hold a Child Find ID day at all three of its Greater Victoria Offices, this Saturday Oct. 16, 2010.

Why: Children, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, will be fingerprinted and recorded in an ID booklet. The booklet is given to the parent, with a detailed questionnaire for the parent to complete on their child information including their medical and dental history, list of immediate family, friends and relatives, educational history, physical and mental characteristics and traits, etc. The document is aimed to provide a document that can help police for parents if a child is reported missing.

Who: Child Find B.C. maintains an office in Victoria B.C. as a resource for families in need and works closely with community groups, and the police to support families, protect children and educate the public. Child Find is recognized by the R.C.M.P. National Missing Children's Services in Ottawa, recognized by the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and has the endorsement of the Chiefs of Police of Canada.

When: Saturday Oct. 16th, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: DFH Real Estate 3 Greater Victoria Locations:

Shelbourne Offices
3914 Shelbourne St.

Westshore Offices
650 Goldstream Ave

Sidney Offices
2395 Beacon Ave

Child Find Quick Tips for Parents

• Have your child fingerprinted and keep the booklet in a safe, accessible place along with updated pictures. Have an accurate physical description including such things as scars, moles and birthmarks. Call CHILD FIND if you need a new booklet.

• Teach your child their telephone number, area code and address.

• Show your child how to dial the operator and 911 and practice what to say.

• Know where your child is at all times.

• Don't let your child go to a public restroom alone.

• Don't leave your child alone in a vehicle.

• Don't put your child's name, first or last, on hats, caps, jackets, bikes, wagons or anywhere that is visible to strangers. A person who calls your child by name will automatically be thought of as a friend not a stranger.

• Teach your child to avoid strangers. A stranger is someone they do not know very well.

• Don't leave your child alone in the toy section of a store or mall. Teach them to go to a cashier for help if they do get lost.

• Know your child's friends. Be involved in your child's activities.

• Practice walking routes to and from friends’ homes, school etc. with your child and instruct them to use those routes only.

• Make it clear to your child which of their friends homes they may go to, to play or visit and what a BLOCK PARENT home is.

• Listen if your child tells you that he or she does not want to be with someone. Find out WHY. Encourage communication.

• Notice if someone pays undue attention to your child.

• Never belittle any fear or concern your child has: real or imaginary.

• Tell your child that if anything happens, you will look for them no matter how long it takes to find them.

• Have a secret code word with your children that only you and they know

About Child Find BC:

Child Find is established across Canada as a network of charitable, non-profit organizations which deliver services to the families of missing/abducted children. It is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive missing children's organization in Canada. Visit

About DFH:

DFH Real Estate Ltd. is a rapidly growing, dynamic real estate firm headquartered in Victoria BC, with offices in Sidney, West Shore, Lake Cowichan and Shawnigan Lake. DFH has been helping families find homes since 1960 and has earned a solid reputation within the industry for trust, integrity and fair dealings on all levels. DFH has many experienced realtors, who have been with DFH for many years, yet attracts many new agents seeking a reputable, supportive firm to launch their real estate career. For more information visit

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Oct. 15, 2010
Office of the Premier
Ministry of Citizens' Services

VICTORIA - For the second year in a row, the BC Public Service has been named one of the best places to work in the country, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today.

"British Columbia is fortunate to have exceptional public servants who do a great job managing the needs of our province," said Premier Campbell. "It is an honour to be recognized once again as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers. We will continue to work in partnership with our public servants to ensure we are providing the best possible services for British Columbians."

Canada's Top 100 Employers recognizes employers that are industry leaders in recruiting and retaining employees. Each employer is graded on eight key employment-related areas, including benefits, vacation and time off, training and development, work atmosphere, physical workplace and community involvement.

"Receiving this recognition again is really an endorsement of the work we have done in partnership with our employees to make the BC Public Service a more competitive employer, even through the challenges of the last year," said Allan Seckel, deputy minister to the Premier and head of the BC Public Service. "It's essential that we work to build an engaged workforce because we know that translates directly into better service to the people of B.C."

The BC Public Service is British Columbia's largest employer, with close to 30,000 employees working in 280 communities around the province. It is a nationally recognized award-winning employer and was named as one of B.C.'s Top 55 Employers, Canada's Top 25 Family Friendly Employers, Canada's Greenest Employers and Canada's Top 100 Employers.

"One thing that impresses me most about the BC Public Service is the level of professionalism shown by our staff, each and every day," said Citizens' Services Minister Mary McNeil. "Our employees take pride in their work, and that is a direct reflection of how they feel about working for the BC Public Service. We strive to attract and retain the best of the best."

The BC Public Service is guided by a comprehensive human resources plan, Being the Best, which is updated annually and is available online at

Canada's Top 100 Employers is compiled by Mediacorp Canada. The list provides transparency and guidance to job seekers and employers alike.

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Oct. 15, 2010
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts
BC Arts Council

VICTORIA - Five new appointments, including a new chair and vice-chair have been appointed to the BC Arts Council, Tourism, Culture and the Arts Minister Kevin Krueger announced today.

Dr. Stanley Hamilton, interim chair, has been appointed chair of the BC Arts Council. In addition to serving on the BC Arts Council Board as vice-chair for the past year, Hamilton is a professor emeritus at UBC's Sauder School of Business and sits on the Arts Club Theatre's Council of Governors. Jackson Davies, best known for his role as John Constable in Beachcombers, has been appointed vice-chair.

"I am so pleased that Dr. Stanley Hamilton will continue as chair of the BC Arts Council," said Krueger. "Dr. Hamilton has provided exceptional leadership during his tenure and I am confident that the valuable work of the board will be strengthened by these appointments."

The council board also welcomes three new members: Merla Beckerman, Gordon Harris, and Lori Marchand. These new members fill vacancies left by board members Marie Clements, Jane Danzo, and Neel Dhillon. All appointments were effective October 7, 2010. Board members are appointed by Order in Council and may sit for a total of six years.

"These new members bring a wealth of experience and energy to the BC Arts Council Board," Hamilton said. "They will certainly strengthen the board and help us work to fulfil the vision of the Council and continue to implement our strategic plan."

The BC Arts Council supports arts and arts organization across the province and is governed by a 15-member council, which represents the regions, cultural diversity and artistic communities of British Columbia.

For more information about the BC Arts Council, visit

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Victoria Strikes Team to Create Economic Development Strategy for Capital City

VICTORIA, BC — A panel of 13 local business professionals will work with City staff to develop an economic development action plan to retain and attract economic growth to the Capital City.

“Cities have an important role to play in economic development. It is a strong economy that creates jobs and affords us the ability to move on such issues as a vibrant downtown, affordable housing and public transit.” noted Mayor Dean Fortin. “Our downtown is key to a successful region.”

The strategy will include an assessment of the City's realistic economic development and employment growth prospects in the short, medium and long term, opportunities to strengthen and diversify the local economy and identify the subset of opportunities that are focused on environmental services, green technology, sustainable building strategies and environmentally-friendly sectors of the economy.

The panel is composed of 13 members, including: Rob Bennett, Greg Brophy, Deirdre Campbell, Bruce Carter, Peter Ciceri, Alan Dolan, Scott Hoadley, Mohan Jawl, John Juricic, Dr. Valerie Kuehne, Pauline Rafferty, Mike Suzuki, and the Deputy Minister of Community and Rural Development. A steering committee comprised of senior City staff and Sasha Angus, Economic Development Officer for the Greater Victoria Development Agency will also participate in development of the strategy.

Chaired by City Manager Gail Stephens, the advisory panel will work with City staff and Coriolis Consulting to develop an economic development strategy for the Capital City. Coriolis Consulting will conduct a best practices review of what has worked in other cities and facilitate consultation with sectoral stakeholders and the broader community to garner input into the strategy and action plan.

The panel's first task has been the development of a project charter to outline strategy development to be considered by the Governance and Priorities Committee on Thursday, October 21. The charter outlines deliverables, engagement methodology to garner community input and associated timelines.

The strategy and implementation plan are expected to be complete by April 2011.
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How to Stay Sane as the World Goes Crazy: Tuesday, 19th October

Kathy McMahon

How to Stay Sane as the World Goes Crazy - Economic Hard Times, Climate Change and the Messy Issues of Oil

Tuesday, 19th October, 2010 at 7.30 p.m.

University of Victoria , Social Science and Math Bldg, Room A104

Suggested Donation: $5-15

For more information, please visit >

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Traffic Advisory - Oct 17 Traffic delays on Shelbourne Street and Kenmore Road

October 14, 2010

On Sunday, October 17, 2010 there will be traffic delays on Shelbourne Street and Kenmore Road.

Work is scheduled to start at approximately 7:00 am and is expected to continue until 12:00 pm.

The traffic signals will not be working. Please follow the direction of the signs.

All vehicles including emergency vehicles will have access.

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Province Celebrates Continued Amtrak Cascades Service

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

VICTORIA - A one-year extension of the second Amtrak "Cascades" train service to Vancouver is welcome news for cross-border travellers, tourism operators and the economies of both British Columbia and Washington State, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond and Washington State Department of transportation Secretary Paula Hammond said today.

"Our government has worked extremely hard with the Washington State Department of Transportation to ensure that the second Amtrak 'Cascades' train is successful and continues," said Bond. "It is gratifying that the federal government has responded positively, and we will work with them to find a permanent solution. We certainly appreciate Minister Toews and Minister Day recognizing the importance of the 2nd train between British Columbia and Washington State. Effective cooperation at all levels of government helps us improve the movement of people and goods across the border."

"The economies of Washington and British Columbia are closely linked, and Amtrak 'Cascades' rail service, including the second train, provides an important option for tourists and business travelers," said Hammond. "Washington has invested in Amtrak service for more than 15 years and it has paid off with benefits to both nations."

Earlier today the Canadian Border Services Agency announced that it was suspending the proposed $1,500 daily inspection fee for the second Amtrak train service between Portland and Vancouver for another year. Last month, Amtrak had stated that it would cancel the train if the fee was implemented.

The second Amtrak "Cascades" train service has been operating as a pilot project since Aug. 19, 2009. After the 2010 Winter Olympics, the period was extended through September 30, 2010 with a subsequent extension to October 31, 2010. The Province previously invested $2.8 million in railway infrastructure upgrades to allow for the second train service.

Since the addition of the second daily train, annual Amtrak "Cascades" ridership into Vancouver has almost doubled to approximately 70,000 passengers. Annual Amtrak passenger spending in Metro Vancouver has increased from $16 million to $31 million.

Amtrak "Cascades" operates four daily round trips between Portland and Seattle; one daily round trip between Seattle and Vancouver, and one between Portland and Vancouver; and daily service between Eugene and Seattle, via Portland.

Amtrak "Cascades" is operated by Amtrak in partnership with the Washington and Oregon Departments of Transportation.

For Amtrak "Cascades" fares and schedules, visit

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship welcome 30 new Canadians

Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship welcome 30 new Canadians at a ceremony at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship in partnership with the Victoria Community Citizenship Committee will host candidates for citizenship at a special community ceremony on Monday Oct. 18 at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria to kick off Citizenship Week (Oct. 18 – 22).

Thirty new citizens will be welcomed. Prior to the ceremony, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship will hold another in its series of community roundtable discussions. These unique ICC-designed roundtable discussions aim to strengthen the connection between new Canadians and their communities. The ICC also announces tours for new citizen Cultural Access Pass holders at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

PRESIDING OFFICIAL: Judge George Gibault

WHEN: Monday Oct. 18, 2010

1p.m.--- Roundtable discussions
2:30p.m. --- Citizenship ceremony
3:30p.m.--- Reception


Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
1040 Moss Street
Victoria, B.C.
V8V 4P1

GUEST SPEAKER: Lydia Kasianchuk, Manager of the Lafayette String Quartet

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship is a national, non-profit organization founded and co-chaired by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul, dedicated to engaging Canadians in citizenship. Our Building Citizenship program brings together new and established Canadians at community citizenship ceremonies, our Cultural Access Pass offers new citizens the chance to visit more than 100 museums and galleries across Canada for free for a full year from the time they’re sworn in, and our annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium fosters a debate on the future of Canada’s civic culture. For more information, visit

For further information on Canadian citizenship ceremonies held across the country please visit the “Celebrate Citizenship” section of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s web site at

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Filing Deadline Approaching for By-Election Candidates

VICTORIA, BC — Potential council candidates for Victoria’s upcoming by-election are reminded that the deadline to file nomination papers is Friday, October 15 at 4 p.m.

Only those candidates whose nomination papers are received at the Office of Legislative Services at City Hall before the deadline and who are declared candidates will appear on the ballot. Late nomination papers will not be accepted.

After the 4 p.m. deadline on October 15, the Chief Election Officer will officially declare the list of candidates running for Council in the by-election. That list will be available online on October 15 at 5 p.m. On Monday, October 25, the Chief Election Officer will officially declare the Notice of Election.

The by-election will be held on Saturday, November 20. At the same time, eligible voters will be asked to vote on whether they approve the City of Victoria borrowing $49.2 million to replace the Johnson Street Bridge.

Advanced voting for those unable to vote on November 20 will be held at Victoria City Hall on Wednesday, November 10 and Monday, November 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on both days. Mail balloting will be available for eligible voters unable to attend a voting place because of illness or disability, or because they will be away during both advanced and general voting days.

The by-election is occurring in order to fill the vacancy left by former Council member Sonya Chandler, who resigned earlier this year. Under the Community Charter, by-elections are required to fill a vacancy that occurs due to the resignation of an elected official between general local elections.

For more information visit and click on 2010 Council By-Election and Bylaw Referendum under Quick Links.

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Environment Ministry Responds To Recommendations

Ministry of Environment

VICTORIA - Environment Minister Barry Penner has released a response to recommendations contained in the July 2010 Deputy Solicitor General Report on the Testalinden Dam failure and has accepted all the recommendations made in that report.

The report found four dams required immediate follow-up attention. An additional 379 dams required less urgent follow-up and ministry staff will be working with the dam owners to address these issues. Based on this assessment and the immediate measures already taken to address the four dams, no dams are considered as high risk for failure at this time.

The four dams that required immediate attention were Goertzen Pond in the Osoyoos area, Grafton Lake Dam on Bowen Island, Eagle Rock Reservoir south of Chase and Allan Spring Dam in Saanich. The following outlines the action taken to address concerns:

* Goertzen Pond: Owner pumped the reservoir down to a safe elevation below the dam crest.

* Grafton Lake Dam: Gradually removed a beaver dam to ensure the spillway remains clear.

* Eagle Rock Reservoir: Cleared the spillway of any obstructions.

* Allan Spring Dam: lowered and cleared the spillway.

As part of a renewed emphasis on dam safety in the province, the ministry is taking a number of steps to improve the Provincial Dam Safety Program. Some of the steps that have already been taken or are in progress include:

* The completion of the Provincial Rapid Dam Assessment involving more

than 1,100 dams across British Columbia to identify any immediate actions that may be required.

* An updated Dam Safety Regulation that will increase the accountability and awareness of dam owners.

* New policies and procedures to improve record-keeping, information sharing and emergency call-outs.

* A new requirement for signage at all very-high, high and low- consequence dams on crown land.

* An updated provincial database for greater access by the public and local governments.

* Additional training by ministry staff over the coming year that will target provincial and local government staff, as well as dam owners on their roles and responsibilities.

* The allocation of four new staff dedicated to dam safety.

British Columbia is one of four provinces in Canada with a formal dam safety program. The Ministry of Environment provides oversight of nearly 2,000 dams in the province, including some of the largest structures in Canada. Penner says the addition of the four dam safety positions will increase the ministry's audit capacity, improve information management and dedicate more staff to ensuring follow-up of outstanding dam safety issues.

The response to the Deputy Solicitor General Report is available publicly in its entirety at:

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Camosun Chargers finish second on day one of 2010 PING CCAA National Golf Championships #golf

October 14, 2010

Battling for a top spot on the Leaderboard at the 2010 PING CCAA National Golf Championships (The Dunes, Kamloops), the Camosun College Chargers are in second place amongst 18 teams with a first round total of 295. Humber College posted the low score of the day (286), leading the pack by nine strokes.

Sitting one stroke back of Camosun is the University Fraser Valley with 296 followed by Niagara College (Welland, ON) and Grant MacEwan University (Edmonton, AB) who are two shots behind and tied for fourth.

“We got off to a great start and turned under par as a team,” commented Chargers head coach John Randle.

“Holes 12 thru 15 played tough and inflicted some damage on us.”

Second-year Charger Justin Deol (Duncan) closed the day at par, posting Camosun’s lowest individual score of the day with 72. From a field of over 100 golfers Deol shot the fifth lowest score in the men’s individual stroke play. Tanner Fermaniuk from Grant MacEwan leads the field with 65.

Following close behind Deol is teammate Matt Tindale from Peterborough, Ontario who shot 73. Camosun student-athletes Kevin Walz (Qualicum Beach) and Jordan Krulicki (Red Deer) each finished the day with 75.

“It was great to see Justin Deol continue his good play,” stated Coach Randle. “I feel good about our position going into day two as I feel the guys will improve as the week goes along.”

Returning to the Chargers program following a transfer from Mt. Royal University in Calgary, is fourth-year veteran Phil Kondrak who penciled in 78 on his first day of the tournament. As the 2007 CCAA National Men’s Individual Silver medalist (Camosun) and the 2009 CCAA National Men’s Individual Bronze medalist (Mt. Royal), Kondrak is expected to make a strong comeback in the days ahead.

For more information, please contact:

John Randle, Head Coach
Camosun College Chargers Golf

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BC Authors Look To The Future Of Canada's Great Bear Rainforest #YYJ

VANCOUVER – The weekend of October 23rd, Ian McAllister and Nicolas Read, authors of The Salmon Bears: Giants of the Great Bear Rainforest and The Sea Wolves: Living Wild in the Great Bear Rainforest, will be visiting Vancouver and Victoria to share stories, videos and photographs with the community and encourage young people to protect one of the world’s greatest environmental treasures.

Award-winning photographer Ian McAllister recently shared headlines with the International League of Conservation Photographers and their Great Bear RAVE expedition drawing international attention to issues facing the Great Bear Rainforest. “It’s a privilege to share the colourful and exciting lives of sea wolves with our coastal children,” says McAlister.

"The Great Bear Rainforest is too special and important to be left in the hands of adults,” says Read. “That's why Ian and I decided it was time to tell kids about it. A place full of bears, wolves, whales and eagles. If that isn't worth preserving, what is?"The two wildlife books describe a typical year for Salmon Bears and Sea Wolves on BC’s north coast, including the wild and human threats that face each creature.

Proposed projects, like the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and tanker proposal, would put the coastline and the Great Bear Rainforest at risk of oil spills. Communities, First Nations, and local governments are leading the charge in opposition.

EVENT Howls and Growls: Creatures of the Great Bear Rainforest

WHO Dogwood Initiative, Orca Book Publishers and Pacific Wild
WHAT A family-friendly afternoon of stories, photographs, and videos shared with the authors. Book signing afterward.
VICTORIA – Sunday October 24, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
VICTORIA - Maritime Museum of British Columbia, 28 Bastion Square, Victoria

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